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Eat Right Weekly - February 5

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On the Pulse of Public Policy

Farm Bill Passes: Food And Nutrition Programs Upheld

The trillion-dollar reauthorization of farm, conservation and nutrition programs titled the Agriculture Act of 2014 (a.k.a. the "Farm Bill"), has passed the House and the Senate and is headed to President Obama for signature into law. A special thanks to all Academy members for their diligent efforts and for those who contributed to our political action committee, ANDPAC, thereby helping the Academy forge meaningful relationships to support essential nutrition programs.

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Today Show RDN Joy Bauer Will Be PPW Keynote Speaker

The Academy's 2014 Public Policy Workshop will focus on effective communication on the job and on the Hill. To kick off this interactive nutrition policy and advocacy conference, Academy member and Today Show contributor Joy Bauer, MS, RD, will inspire members to advocate and activate through the power of the spoken word. Enter to win a complimentary trip to the Public Policy Workshop by competing in the PPW Video Challenge.

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2014 Funding for Prevention Programs Brings Opportunities for Dietetics Professionals

Congress recently passed a funding bill that will ensure the government is funded through September. For the first time, the bill also allocated the Prevention and Public Health Fund, the nation's first mandatory funding stream dedicated to improving the public's health, which was originally authorized in the Affordable Care Act. This will bring both opportunities and challenges for registered dietitian nutritionists working to reduce chronic diseases in this country.

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For State of the Union Address, Academy Encouraged Presidential Support for Physical Activity

As President Obama and his staff weighed what to emphasize in his recent fifth State of the Union address, the Academy joined the American College of Sports Medicine and more than 100 other organizations to offer advice, in the form of a letter citing physical activity as a way to keep Americans healthy and fit, with numerous other benefits. Along with access to health care, physical activity is critical to achieving the Academy's vision of optimizing the health of the nation through food and nutrition.

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ANDPAC Elevated the Profession in 2013

Last year, the Academy's Political Action Committee made a big impact on Capitol Hill, highlighting the importance of dietetics, registered dietitian nutritionists and dietetic technicians, registered.

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Oregon Affiliates Discuss Health Care with Congressman

Academy members from Oregon recently attended U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer's (Ore.) breakfast event to discuss "Health Care 2.0." He invited health care professionals to the fundraising event and, thanks to ANDPAC, the Academy was able to have a seat at the breakfast table. Among the MDs, PhDs and hospital executives were registered dietitian nutritionists from the Oregon Academy's public policy team.

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CPE Corner

Nutrition Informatics Webinar

Calling all educators and preceptors: Nutrition informatics can be used by all practitioners across all levels of dietetics practice to advance patient care. Get your students ahead of the nutrition information technology curve with a free, one-hour webinar on February 13 on "Technology Skills You Should Learn to Love."

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Blended, Flipped: Webinar on New Ways to Offer Nutrition Classes

Instructors: Are you tired of the same old lecturing? Do you want to increase student engagement and learning at the same time? The flipped or inverted classroom format does both and more. A free February 14 webinar, "Blending and Flipping: But We're Not Making Pancakes! Practical Guidelines for Blended and Flipped Nutrition Classes," provided by the Nutrition Educators of Health Professionals dietetic practice group, will help you make the transition from lecture to flipped classes.

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Affordable Care Act: What's In It for Me?

Within the nearly 11,000 pages of the Affordable Care Act are opportunities for registered dietitian nutritionists and dietetic technicians, registered. Whether you work in clinical, community, management, research or consultation/business practice, there's an ACA provision for you. A February 27 webinar will offer information you need to understand key provisions affecting nutrition professionals and action steps for seizing opportunities as the law continues to roll out.

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Online Certificate of Training Program: Chronic Kidney Disease Nutrition Management

Registered dietitian nutritionists play a pivotal role in enhancing self management by people with chronic kidney disease and in educating other health professionals about chronic kidney disease. To prepare members in this area, the Academy's Center for Professional Development presents Chronic Kidney Disease Nutrition Management, an online certificate of training program.

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Food Allergy Management Certificate of Training Program

The Center for Professional Development, with experts in the field of food management, offers an online certificate program with a focus on food allergy management for all Academy members. Enjoy a reduced rate of $19 for each Level 2 module.

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Executive Management Certificate of Training Program

The Center for Professional Development, with experts in the field of executive management, offers an online certificate program with a focus on enhancing executive management skills for all Academy members. Enjoy a reduced rate of $19 for each Level 2 module or complete all four modules and earn eight hours of CPEUs for $76.

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Developing Your Role as Leader Certificate of Training Program

The Center for Professional Development, with experts in the field of leadership, offers an online certificate program with a focus on enhancing leadership skills for all Academy members. Enjoy a reduced rate of $19 for each Level 1 module or complete all four modules and earn eight hours of CPEUs for $76.

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CDR Weight Management Programs

The Commission on Dietetic Registration offers a number of weight management programs for Academy members.

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Career Resources

Seeking Innovations in Practice and Education

The Council on Future Practice seeks abstracts for the sixth "Innovations in Practice and Education" session, to be held at the 2014 Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo in Atlanta, Ga.

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FNCE Call for Abstracts Is Now Open

Have you conducted research in nutrition and/or dietetics? Do you have a unique program or project you would like to feature? Consider presenting at the Academy's 2014 Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo. Abstracts will be accepted for peer review through February 20.

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HIMSS 2014: Health IT Conference for Innovative Professionals

The Academy is a proud sponsor of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society's conference, scheduled for February 23 to 27 in Orlando, Fla. More than 35,000 practitioners and industry professionals will discuss health IT and innovative solutions designed to transform health care. Attend this annual event to find the right solutions for clinical and business intelligence, health IT and rural care, innovation, interoperability, mobile health, nutrition informatics and more.

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Submitting Nominations for National Honors and Awards Is Easy and Online

The Academy is shining the spotlight on outstanding food and nutrition practitioners and supporters of the profession through its National Honors and Awards program. Don't miss this chance to honor those who have advanced the profession, exhibited leadership and shown devotion to serving others in both dietetics and allied fields. The submission deadline for nominations is midnight Central Time on March 1.

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Prepare for National School Breakfast Week

In advance of National School Breakfast Week, March 3 to 7, promote school breakfast with new resources from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Kids Eat Right.

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Make Nominations for Outstanding Preceptor Award

The Academy Foundation, the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics and the Nutrition and Dietetic Educators and Preceptors dietetic practice group are again jointly sponsoring awards to preceptors who are exemplary educators and mentors.

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Weight Management Symposium

Effective weight management calls for professionals with skills to practice with diverse populations in a variety of settings. Maximize your ability to facilitate client achievements by attending the Weight Management dietetic practice group's March 21-23 symposium "Show Me Excellence: Gateway to Weight Management Success," at the Hyatt Regency at The Arch in St. Louis, Mo.

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Updated App: Evidence-Based Nutrition Practice Guidelines

The Evidence Analysis Library's NutriGuides app has been updated.

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New Substance Abuse Treatment Resources

Resources to help parents, health care providers and substance abuse treatment specialists to treat teens struggling with drug abuse, as well as to identify and interact with those who might be at risk, have been released by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

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Academy Member Updates

Your GENIE Is Here

The Guide for Effective Nutrition Interventions and Education (GENIE), a validated online checklist tool funded with support from the ConAgra Foods Foundation, is now available to help program planners and program evaluators.

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Take Opportunities to Serve Survey

If you are interested in volunteering for an Academy committee, take the Opportunities to Serve Survey by February 13.

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Clinical Outcomes Presentation

Kelly Tappenden, PhD, RD, FASPEN, the Academy's representative to the Alliance to Advance Patient Nutrition, will present "Clinical and Economic Outcomes of Nutrition Interventions Across the Continuum of Care," March 13 in Washington, D.C., at an event sponsored and presented by the Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science and the Abbott Nutrition Health Institute.

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Philanthropy, Awards and Grants

February 15 Deadline: Apply for Foundation Scholarships

Graduate scholarships, dietetic internship scholarships, undergraduate (didactic or coordinated) scholarships and dietetic technician scholarships are all available through the Foundation.

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February 21 Deadline: "Hunger in Our Community" Kids Eat Right Mini-Grant Opportunity

To support the use of the Kids Eat Right "Hunger in Our Community. What We Can Do." toolkit, 25 grants of $200 grants are available from the Academy Foundation. Recipients of the mini-grants agree to give two presentations between March 3 and May 2, utilizing the presentations for adults or teens from the "Hunger in Our Community. What We Can Do." toolkit. Applications are due February 21 and grant recipients will be announced March 3.

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Tax Time: Donate Now, Ensure Tax-Deductible Donations are Made for Next Year

Support the Academy Foundation's Annual Fund. Your support will enable the Foundation to continue to provide scholarships, research grants, continuing education awards and innovative educational programs through the Kids Eat Right initiative.

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March 14 Deadline: $1 Million in General Mills Champions for Healthy Kids Partnership Grants

For the past 11 years, the Foundation has partnered with the General Mills Foundation to provide $500,000 in Champions for Healthy Kids grants to nonprofit organizations across the U.S. promoting healthy eating and active lifestyles targeted to kids and families. This year, the General Mills Foundation has doubled its commitment to this program to $1 million, awarding 50 grants of $20,000.

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New: Foundation's CDR Advanced Practice Residency Grant

The purpose of this grant is to provide funding to institutions to establish or enhance ACEND-accredited advanced practice residency programs. Funding is limited and will be capped at $30,000 per institution. New and existing programs are eligible to apply.

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Kids Eat Right Mini-Grant Recipients

Congratulations to 26 Kids Eat Right Campaign Members who were selected to receive a Kids Eat Right mini-grant of $200 to lead two presentations from any of the Kids Eat Right toolkits in their communities through March 28.

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Energy Balance 4 Kids with Play: Empowering Teachers in California Schools

Energy Balance 4 Kids with Play RD Coaches are working with kindergarten through sixth-grade students in two West Contra Costa Unified School District elementary schools in Richmond, Calif. The RD Coaches help empower teachers to lead nutrition lessons and games with students, and lead school wellness committees to enhance the school wellness environment. The committees are taking action steps toward meeting USDA's HealthierUS School Challenge criteria.

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